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Residents near Prior Lake pack, pile sandbags

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As flood waters rose into the streets near Prior Lake, people were cut off from their homes on Glendale Avenue just off of Highway 13 -- and that left many residents starting their weekend by filling sand bags.

"My wife and I and our son haven't been able to get to our hose with our cars for over a week now," Matt Brei told Fox 9 News.

Brei spent several arduous hours filling and piling sandbags throughout his Oakland Beach subdivision on Friday.

"We need a new action because we haven't had rain and it's still increasing," he said of the floodwaters.

As the water level on Prior Lake crept up, it began blocking traffic. In fact, up to 80 homes have been affected.

"A bunch of lakes and spillways south of us all flow this direction, and they get to Spring Lake and Spring Lake pours into here," Brei explained. "The problem is it was coming in here 3 times faster than they can drain it. That equation doesn't work."

Neighbors are trying to stay ahead of the rising waters, which is measured by inches daily, according to Brie's neighbor Russ Sampson.

"It goes up very slowly, couple -- 3 to 4 -- inches a day," he estimated.

The neighborhood association of about 60 members are packing and piling sandbags to try to hold back the flood while they pump the mess out of their way. Residents have been funneling sand through construction cones, tying bags and hauling them to where they're needed.

"It's just going to hold back all the water coming in from Bowden's manor," Sampson explained. "If we pump it all back in the lake, hopefully the big dike at the end of the cul de sac will hold this water back and this road will be dry."

Yet, despite their hours of labor, the rain in the forecast has residents feeling more worried than accomplished. The sandbagging effort continued well into the weekend, and residents welcome volunteers.

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